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{November 6, 2015}   Food for Thought: A Little Summer in the Fall

I love two seasons summer and fall. They just seem to be the happiest times of the year. Fall is leading into the holiday season and summer is just relaxing (if not hot). So it should be no surprise that fall is actually when my family plans for summer. I’m starting to get excited.  We are planning a big and long weekend by the ocean with my family, my in-laws, and my sister and her in-laws. To say I’m excited is an understatement.  So as I made some arrangements today I logically started thinking about the menu for our long weekend 8 months in advance. So tonight for dinner we had one of my go to summer dishes and a new healthier spin on my all time favorite summer cocktail.

One of my favorite easy meals to make especially for a large crowd is to make my famous chicken salad wraps. People love my chicken salad and often ask for the recipe, but the truth is there is no recipe. Lol. Rather there are same basic rules of chicken salad I always stick to, when I do, I can’t go wrong. I call my chicken salad “all-good” because the ingredients are always different but the salad is always good.

All-Good Chicken Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2c of roasted chicken breast (usually leftover from a rotisserie chicken)
  • 1/2c of crunch vegetable (this stretches the quantity of the salad) – celery or carrots or both
  • 1/4c of leafy vegetable either red cabbage shredded or hearts of romaine
  • 1/4c of dill pickles chopped (you can sub with relish, but I prefer plain old pickles)
  • 1/4c of crunchy goodness (meaning nuts – pecans, cashews, or almonds. In that order of preference)
  • 2 boiled eggs
  • 1/4c mayonnaise
  • 1/4c Greek yogurt or sour cream (it gives it a creamy texture and tangy flavor)
  • 1/8c Dijon mustard (non-negotiable)
  • 1/4c of sweet and tangy (slightly tart apples like pink ladies, craisins, or red grapes)

Method 

  1. Shred chicken breast. I do this by hand, it doesn’t have to be pretty.
  2. Add vegetables first and mix. Then add each ingredient one at a time to ensure it is evenly mixed.
  3. Add eggs, mayo, yogurt, and mustard.
  4. Add fruit last so as not to crush it and cause it to bleed.  Gently toss.
  5. Serve with croissants or wraps for a healthier choice.

Notes

This recipe serves 8 with two tablespoons as a serving. I calculated the most caloric ingredients for the nutrition facts.

Nutrition Facts
Servings 8.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 108
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5 g 8 %
Saturated Fat 1 g 5 %
Monounsaturated Fat 2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 69 mg 23 %
Sodium 113 mg 5 %
Potassium 145 mg 4 %
Total Carbohydrate 3 g 1 %
Dietary Fiber 1 g 3 %
Sugars 2 g
Protein 11 g 22 %
Vitamin A 19 %
Vitamin C 4 %
Calcium 3 %
Iron 3 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Berry Skinny Mojito (like what I did with the name?)

Ingredients

  • 2 Tsp. Raw Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. Boiling hot water
  • 2 Tbsp Lime Concentrate
  • 1/4 C Frozen Berries
  • 1/2 C Cold Water
  • 1 1/2 oz White Rum
  • 4 Mint Leaves

Method

  1. Dissolve sugar in hot water for a quick simple syrup
  2. Pour over Frozen Berries and let sit if you have time (it’s not necessary it just makes the drink sweeter)
  3. Add the Lime Concentrate, Water (and ice if you’d like), Rum, and Mint
  4. Mix in a blender until the berries are pureed.
  5. Garnish with additional mint if you’d like. And Enjoy!

This drink is delicious and refreshing, plus it’s less than 75 calories a serving! It also pairs well with the chicken salad anytime of year, but particularly on a hot summer day.

Nutrition Facts
Servings 2.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 74
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0 g 0 %
Saturated Fat 0 g 0 %
Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
Sodium 4 mg 0 %
Potassium 0 mg 0 %
Total Carbohydrate 6 g 2 %
Dietary Fiber 1 g 3 %
Sugars 5 g
Protein 0 g 0 %
Vitamin A 0 %
Vitamin C 3 %
Calcium 1 %
Iron 1 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
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